Alice Jempsa is Los Alamitos Citizen of the Year for 36th Americana Awards from Cypress College Foundation

Marc S. Posner
Friday, February 04, 2011
Alice B. Jempsa is the Citizen of the Year from the Los Alamitos/Rossmoor for the Cypress College Foundation’s 36th Annual Americana Awards. The Americana Awards, sponsored by Union Bank, N.A., will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011 in the Disneyland Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.

Very few people have done more to serve Los Alamitos over the years than Jempsa. She expresses her belief: “We all have an obligation to contribute our time, talent, and resources for the betterment of our city so that the quality of life is the best it can be.”

A resident of Los Alamitos since 1966, Jempsa was a city council member and the first female mayor elected in 30 years. She has devoted countless hours to projects involving mostly non-profit activities, being a strong supporter of the Joint Forces Training Base, and contributing her time for city- and chamber -sponsored events.

Jempsa has served on the boards of the AQMD, Orange County Sanitation District, and Vector Control. She worked for years with special-education students, has written children’s books, and has been active in Rotary’s “Reading by Nine” program. She and her husband Marv have been married for 61 years. They have three children and six grandchildren.

Tickets for the Americana Awards are available from the Cypress College Foundation for $225 per person with various sponsorship levels also available. Information is available by calling (714) 484-7126 or at http://www.CypressCollege.edu or http://www.Facebook.com/AmericanaAwards. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with no-host cocktails and a silent auction. Dinner is served at 7 p.m.

At the awards, Frank Garcia will be honored as the Man of the Year. The owner of La Casa Garcia Mexican Restaurants in Anaheim, Garcia is known as an altruistic businessman who serves those who are less fortunate through his “We Give Thanks” organization.

In addition to the Man of the Year, the America Awards salute citizens of the year from the eight cities in the college’ primary service area. Along with Jempsa, citizens of the Year are: Patricia Pina, Anaheim; Diane Scheerhorn, Ph.D, Buena Park; Frann Shermet, Cypress; Pat Halberstadt, Garden Grove; Ron and Elfriede MacIver, La Palma; James C. Caviola, Seal Beach; and Sandra Stubban, Stanton.

In July, Union Bank, N.A., strengthened its partnership with Cypress College, agreeing to serve as the title sponsor of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Americana Awards. Union Bank has a long-standing leadership role at the college with representation on the Cypress College Foundation Board of Directors. Union Bank’s three-year commitment to Cypress College totals $75,000.

For more information about the Americana Awards, please call the Cypress College Foundation office at (714) 484-7126 or visit: http://www.cypresscollege.edu/about/Foundation/.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College has motivated the minds of students since 1966. For nearly a half-million people — including actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses and teachers — Cypress College has been a springboard to their dreams. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice and for others it provides essential training for a rewarding career. Just one Cypress College class is often all it takes to provide cutting-edge skills that lead to a promotion or a new job.

Cypress College’s 16,500 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 58 university-transfer majors, 145 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 55 areas of study. The college’s traditional semesters begin in January and August, while short-term courses start throughout the year. A Cypress College education costs just $26 per unit — just $78 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Financial aid and scholarships also are available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 110-campus California Community College System. The college primarily serves the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach and Stanton. Michael J. Kasler is the president.

Located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, the college is easily accessible from several Southern California freeways, including the 5, 91, 605, 22 and 405. The campus is just a stone’s-throw from Downtown Disney and Knott’s Berry Farm.

More information about Cypress College is available by calling (714) 484-7000 or by visiting the campus Web site at http://www.CypressCollege.edu.

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.

Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $84 billion at June 30, 2010. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service commercial bank providing an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 396 banking offices in California, Oregon, Washington and Texas as well as two international offices, on June 30, 2010. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations. Visit www.unionbank.com for more information.